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of you, America . . .

In the name of God, and neocons, we have tragedy heaped upon tragedy. US Attorneys fired for refusing to murder human beings. And 3,584 soldiers killed in Iraq, for what? No one seems to know, least of all the men who sent them there.

Still believe in the dream of separation of Church and State? Go to First Freedom First. You know what to do.


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These are tough times for the Vatican. With the popularity of evangelical cults on the rise, the Vatican has a fine line to walk in order to maintain dominance among its most conservative followers.  Thus, the recent P.R. moves decisions to do away with limbo (guess some of those infallible popes got it wrong), and fast-track JP2 to sainthood (that’ll secure the entire country of Poland for generations.)

But now, Italy is considering legislation that would recognize unmarried unions between both heterosexuals and homosexuals. Ouch! That has to hurt.

I wonder . . . How would Mr. Deity lay down the law?

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Friday Religion Blogging

Time for another Mr. Deity episode:

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Prepare, midwesterners, for a collective moaning and groaning and general atmospheric cursing (to say nothing of tedious “global warming” remarks from friends and acquaintances alike) as one mother lode of arctic air lays its heavy ass across the landscape.  If we’re lucky, the highs will nudge the mercury above 0 degrees this weekend.  Throw in some 25 mph wind gusts, and the temperatures become irrelevant.  In fact, we will measure the next several days by a) number of trips we make out of the house b) layers of clothing we are wearing while inside  c) layers of clothing we don to venture outside and d) the number of times we had to crank on the engine before our car starts.

It hardly gets better than this.  Unless you care to talk about the winter of 1976-77 when Lake Michigan froze solid and I was housebound with an infant.  My entertainment that winter was watching dead bodies get delivered to the funeral home next door while I nursed the baby.  Really.  You want to talk post-partum blues, talk to the queen mother of angst here.

So who needs a laugh?  Mr. Deity is back and he has a tough interview to negotiate.

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Friday Sass

Offended by divinely inspired humor?  Don’t watch this video.  Mr. Deity has some tough decisions to make as the ultimate “Decider.” 

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Weekend RoundUp

Reader Assignment:  Go here and cast your vote for BlueGal, ’cause she deserves a 2006 Web Blog Award.  Do it for me.  Do it for BlueGal.  Do it for the festival of Zappadan.  Please – just do it once a day through December 15th.


Speaking of doin’ it . . . a certain adjustment of my atheist soul took place yesterday compliments of two mimosas and the House of Blues gospel choir. 


Now, that’s the way I like my Jesus.


Take a virtual mini-tour of the rest of my weekend in Chicago.


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The Marginal Me

This post requires certain admissions.  First, I pay a cleaning service to clean the downstairs rooms of our house once every two weeks.  Second, I do not believe in God.

These two seemingly unrelated facts collided yesterday, and a funny post at BlueGal this morning (on the topic of Alabama license plates) prompted me to recount the experience.

A change in our regular cleaning crew brought Mr. Business Owner to our house, a fact I noticed when I parked behind his vehicle on the street.  His car sports typical Christian regalia:  Jesus fish, foam cross waving on the end of the antenna, a couple of “Pray” magnetic ribbons.

The man himself is decorated much the same, with not one gold cross dangling from his neck, but at least a quarter pound of gold chains, crosses and crucifixes on display.  Hard not to notice. 

Perhaps that’s why I felt gob-smacked with a dose of “jesus-is-my-personal-savior” spittle when he shouted out a “have a blessed day” as he was leaving.

Blessed by whom?  by what?  At what point do displays of holiness, piety and/or religious belief become aggressive and offensive?

Granted, you can guess my political leanings by reading the bumper stickers on my car, but I don’t adorn myself with ACLU necklaces (if there were such a thing) or give “Have a Feminist Day!” shout-outs to every stranger and acquaintance I meet in the course of a day.  And when it comes to my religious beliefs, or lack thereof, I find that I’m even more circumspect – not because I lack the conviction of my beliefs, but because atheism is so widely misunderstood and reviled.  I simply don’t have the energy to constantly defend and explain my position every time someone wants to lay their blessings and prayers on my person.  Gracious acceptance has always been my rule, even though I don’t share the same beliefs.

Now comes evidence that my inherent discreteness about being an atheist is a reasonable response.  A recent study, to be published in April finds that:

Even though atheists are few in number, not formally organized and relatively hard to publicly identify, they are seen as a threat to the American way of life by a large portion of the American public. “Atheists, who account for about 3 percent of the U.S. population, offer a glaring exception to the rule of increasing social tolerance over the last 30 years,” says Penny Edgell, associate sociology professor and the study’s lead researcher.

Edgell also argues that today’s atheists play the role that Catholics, Jews and communists have played in the past—they offer a symbolic moral boundary to membership in American society. “It seems most Americans believe that diversity is fine, as long as every one shares a common ‘core’ of values that make them trustworthy—and in America, that ‘core’ has historically been religious,” says Edgell. Many of the study’s respondents associated atheism with an array of moral indiscretions ranging from criminal behavior to rampant materialism and cultural elitism.

Lovely.  Or, as I learned from none other than BlueGal herself, the most withering dismissal a southerner can depart . . . “Bless your heart.”

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